Tintagel village itself, composed of a long and rather uninspiring high street peopled with gift shops and tearooms exists solely to service visitors to Tintagel Castle. The setting is spectacular and strange and it’s easy to fantasize about Merlin and magic. For remarkable views and a sense of Nature’s violence take a walk onto the Island and around the Castle, then out to both neighbouring outcrops: to Barras Nose and Willapark. Particularly spectacular on a stormy day. This is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Arthurian legend (enthusiastically patronised by German and Dutch visitors, but largely ignored by UK residents), as inspired by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the C12, and later by Tennyson’s ‘The Idylls of the King.’ Summer Carnival.